Domestic Hiss is a field recording project from around my house, recorded in Winter and Spring of 2005/06. I have produced an album by using field recordings from every room in the house, with each room being a separate track. The difference is that each track length corresponds to the size of the room.
After some research it appears that popular opinion deems the ideal length of a pop song to be around 3 minutes 42 seconds. Taking this as my average track length I have measured the size of each room in square metres. The average of all of these room sizes was calculated, and the track length of 3 mintues 42 seconds was allocated to this average figure.
So, then it was a case of calculating how much larger or smaller each room was from the average. Once this had been calculated my track lengths had been determined. For example my tiny downstairs toilet came out a track length of 42 seconds, whereas my big lounge came in at a hefty 13 minutes 37 seconds.
All sounds from around the house have been recorded using an Olympus VN-240 PC digital voice recorder. I have then processed these sounds and added additional effects to make something a bit more listenable.
More info: leedsrlfc at gmail.com
As far as I know this is a unique idea in field recording. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone out there who has done anything similar, or would like to record their own album using the same formula and principles.